Zion National Park is #1 of the mighty 5 parks of Utah. And being only an hour from Las Vegas, it’s pretty easy to get to. The park is fairly small as far as national parks go. If you’re not a backcountry hiker, you’ll probably stick to Zion Canyon during your stay. Along the canyon are incredible features, but in order to see any of it you have to take the Zion Shuttle Bus.
Canyon Overlook Trail
This is the only trailhead located off the canyon that you are allowed to drive. I suggest visiting this fairly early in the morning to see the canyon lit up with sunlight.
On this trail is where I saw the most amount of wildlife.
Emerald Pools Trail
The Emerald Pools were already drying up- in the month of April… There is typically a waterfall gushing into an emerald green pool below. Sadly, that wasn’t the picture during my visit.
Around this area you will find a lot of rock climbers hanging off the sheer cliffs of the canyons.
This was my favorite part of Zion. A peculiar waterfall (during season) squeezes out of the middle of the cliff.
Living walls exist through the park. Because of the strange weeping rock phenomenon, many plants can grow off the cliff walls.
I came prepared with trekking poles and all, but due to flash flooding, the narrows was unfortunately closed. I did hike to the entry of the narrows and along the way I found some more wildlife.
Since I cut an entire day out of the road trip from not hiking the narrows, we decided to skip Angel’s Landing in order to ensure a campsite for the next morning at the next park. Angel’s Landing is a steep and strenuous trail, but from the picture’s I’ve seen, it looks well worth it.
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The Ultimate Utah Road Trip
Arches National Park: The 3 Arches You Need to See
The Best of Bryce National Park
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